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While some alternative energy cars have been criticized for costing inordinately more than conventional cars, a number of hybrid cars cannot be so easily pigeonholed. No, there are actually seven U.S. models that stand to pay their owners back in under three years for the price premium charged for their more-advanced powertrains – even without […]

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Since Volkswagen’s “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal broke last year and set anti-diesel sentiment dominoes to tumbling, antipathy for oil-burning engines has increased, and now four cities have vowed to ban them by 2025. Announced Friday in Mexico City at the sixth biennial C40 Mayors Summit, the mayors of Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens said […]

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Last month the Tesla Model S became the second plug-in electrified vehicle ever to sell more than 150,000 units worldwide. Because Tesla does not report monthly sales, and only periodically reports numbers on a quarterly basis, the exact count through November is unknown, but enough clues are in to estimate more than 151,000 cumulative sales. […]

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Among hybrid cars, the five-passenger family sedan segment is the most competitive, and the Ford Fusion Hybrid is America’s best-selling example. Since the launch of Ford’s coupe-silhouette sedan in October 2012 for the 2013 model year, the Fusion Hybrid has been well received, and for 2017, to help momentum along, the car was mildly refreshed. […]

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If things go to plan for a pervasive ultra-fast charging network in Europe, by 2020 automakers will make publically recharging electric cars as convenient as a fuel station stop. That’s the takeaway from an ambitious collaboration announced today by BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche. As they […]

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The 2017 Chevy Bolt EV has not even had its first customer delivery yet but has already accrued some of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a car. Having received at least eight major awards, and counting, the $30,000 after federal subsidy Bolt EV cuts by more than half what an electric car […]

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Smart has been an interesting experiment in urban mobility. On paper, these tiny runabouts are an ideal transportation option for residents of densely packed megalopolises around the world. But reality is often strikingly different from theory. In practical terms, these cars haven’t been all that popular, at least not in North America. All told, some […]

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Reports in recent weeks have indicated Toyota may be revising its stance against battery electric vehicles as it prepares for “mass producing” it first long-range EV by the end of this decade. Word of that 186-plus mile range electric car in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was reported Nov. 7 by Japan’s Nikkei newspaper, […]

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Big oil is about to redraw the energy map. Federal surveyors announced on Tuesday that the Wolfcamp shale in the Midland Basin portion of West Texas’ Permian Basin now holds the record for most oil, natural gas, and gas liquid deposits that are “undiscovered, technically recoverable resources.” The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the Wolfcamp […]

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This month the Netherlands became the sixth country to buy its 100,000th plug-in electrified passenger vehicle. The progressive nation of 17 million people recorded 99,945 units through October, and given its 800-1,500 monthly rate of plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicle sales, has by now crossed the milestone. A favorite market of Tesla – almost half […]

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